Periods of high stress and social isolation, such as a pandemic or moving countries (or both), can have huge impacts on mental wellbeing and food behaviours. Whilst acute sudden stress tends to suppress appetite, longer-lasting chronic stress and elevated levels of cortisol can lead to cravings for hyper-palatable high-fat, sugar and calorie-dense foods. Surveys suggest we have been turning to comfort foods during this… Read More Nostalgia, comfort foods and cooking during COVID-19
As a part of a new traditional blog post for KI, I was supposed to spend December 9th as an attendant of the Nobel Week Dialogue. The topic this year was incredibly interesting: ”Into the unknown: uncertainty, risk, and opportunity”. To attend the meeting, I woke up at 4 o’clock in the morning, did my… Read More Per risks ad opportunities
As you might know, the Christmas potluck pasty in Sweden is called “knytkalas”. I hope that you followed our Christmas calendar-2019, and you know that for 24 days we were writing about food: for stomach, mind, soul, and even about the limitation of food. Our team of KI bloggers, of course, could not miss the opportunity to… Read More Happy Holidays from Bloggers!
I have a confession to make. I have become a plant lady. Don’t get me wrong: I am still by no means an expert on plants. I actually forgot the names of all my plants except for my two spider plants because literally nothing ever kills them ( they are almost like weeds! It’s amazing*).… Read More Growing (in) my PhD
Bastian Thaa, a Senior Medical Writer, got his PhD in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. After his PhD studies, Bastian did his first postdoc in the same laboratory and then did a second postdoc at Karolinska Institutet. He returned to Germany and tried to raise his own money for an independent research project but unfortunately failed. He came back to KI to finish a project that he had started. Publishing this work in PLoS Pathogens was the final achievement on his academic path before he left academia. He got a job in a medical communication agency in Berlin and has been a “Senior Medical Writer” for nearly two years now.… Read More “Use Your Expertise outside the Laboratory”
Today, Friday the 15th of March, the school strikes for climate take on a bigger shape, with a global strike for young and old. Over 100 countries are having registered strikes, protests and/or marches. I was there on the one in Stockholm, and here’s how it’s going! Almost exactly 2 years ago I wrote my… Read More May the climate be with you: Getting starstruck on the Global Climate Strike
(Mood: poisonous apple red with a tiny leaf of green) If I tell you the words “Christmas” and “Food”, what kind of feeling do you get? For me it used to be: warm, cozy, a lot, heavy, comfort and family. Pretty nice 🙂 Then, a couple of years ago, I became a vegetarian, and though… Read More Food restrictions: when my tummy made me “that one”
(Mood: Mind-boggled) We might not always (or hardly ever) get it, but my idea of Christmas is intertwined with snow, hot chocolate, a fireplace, long dark evenings (somehow I see this as a positive thing when it comes to Christmas), warm sweaters (possibly with a Christmas pattern) and other cozy things. Great was my surprise… Read More A very Aussie Christmas
And then the sky opened up The best part about the ESOF conference earlier this month in Toulouse is that it reminded me on why I wanted to be a scientist in the first place: because the world is interesting, finding out new things is fun, and it is rewarding to do things that try… Read More Post ESOF: how science warmed my heart
No matter what your relation to science is, be it “I think research, dream experiments and breathe hypotheses” or “I do appreciate my phone and not dying from a common cold”, this is something for you! On the 14th of April, yes indeed, this very Saturday, there will be another March for Science! *crowds cheer,… Read More Science is in the air!